Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Pressure Point (Randall Lee) by Charles Colyott
I guess this one could be billed "The Big Sleep meets Bloodsport" if they wanted to sell the movie rights. It wouldn't do justice to this very enjoyable crime / action thriller featuring my favorite PI of 2012, Randall Lee.
The acupuncturist and Tai Chi master gets involved with a dangerous new drug, trying to help out his cop friend Knox. When he discovers ties to a secret Mixed Martial Arts tournament he ends up confronting his own dark past and the old friends that he shared it with.
I really like the sarcastic and funny voice of Randall that Charles uses to tell the story. You really are taken along the ride with him, feeling his pain and sharing his love for hot punkrock girl Tracy.
The action scenes are even better than in the first novel (Changes)and I loved the references to old martial arts movie stars like the great Cynthia Rothrock.
I did think this one was even more violent and darker, which might make it too dark for some readers. Randall is really taken through a wringer in this one, but thanks to his funny voice it never became unbearable for me.
A great second entry in a great new series.